08 Jan 2008 03:01:02
London launches 'light bulb amnesty'
Londoners are to be offered the chance to reduce their energy usage with the launch of the capital's first 'light bulb amnesty'.
The scheme will provide people with free energy-efficient light bulbs if they hand in their existing traditional bulbs at a number of stores around the city.
Announcing the scheme, the Greater London Authority claimed that converting to low-energy light bulbs throughout a house could offer homeowners annual savings of over £100.
Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said: "This scheme gives Londoners the chance to cut harmful emissions and save money at the same time, by swapping their old, energy guzzling light bulbs for free, energy efficient bulbs."
"Small lifestyle changes like this really do add up - if all homes in the capital used energy efficient bulbs, we could collectively help reduce emissions by over half a million tonnes, and save £139 million every year."
London's authorities have set a target of reducing the capital's carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2025, claiming that by then, without action, the city's emissions will rise from their current 44 million tonnes to 52 million tonnes.